Sitting hours for this week

For details about House and Federation Chamber standard hours see the order of business diagrams.

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This week in the House

Week beginning, Wednesday 13 February 2017

Sitting week beginning Monday 13 February 2017 — 2nd House sitting week of the 45th Parliament’s 2017 autumn sittings.

This page summarises matters expected to be considered by the House of Representatives and its Federation Chamber. It is updated weekly during sittings. For a full report of the business dealt with, including a list of documents presented, go to the Votes and Proceedings. To read the debates, including question time, go to Hansard.

For details about the proposed program of business for each sitting of the House and Federation Chamber and that sitting’s public hearings of House and joint committees go to the House Daily Program (usually available at least 1 hour before the House is scheduled to meet).

This week the House is expected to sit on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in a pattern similar to that described in the Infosheet 'A typical sitting day'.

The Federation Chamber is also expected to meet on Monday (from 10.30am to 1.30pm and 4pm to 7.30pm), Tuesday (from 4pm to 7.30pm) (Wednesday (from 9.30am to 1pm and from 4pm to 7.30 pm) and on Thursday (from 9.30am to approximately 1pm).

For details about House and Federation Chamber standard hours see the order of business diagram at http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Chamber_documents/HoR/Order_of_Business

Real time tracking of business done by the House and the Federation Chamber

You can track each item of business as it is being done in the House Chamber and the Federation Chamber by using the “LiveMinutes” service.

You can see proceedings of the House and the Federation Chamber via the webcasts at www.aph.gov.au/Watch_Read_Listen.

Legislation

For information on how laws are made go to 'Making Laws', for the text of each bill go to Billsnet after the Bill is introduced.

On Monday in the House the following private Members’ bills are expected to be introduced:

  • Social Security Legislation Amendment (Fair Debt Recovery) Bill 2017 — Mr Wilkie (Ind, Denison, Tas)
  • Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Donation Reform and Transparency) Bill 2017 — Mr Shorten (ALP, Maribyrnong, Vic)
  • Infrastructure Australia Amendment (Social Sustainability) Bill 2017 — Ms McGowan (Ind, Indi, Vic)
  • Competition and Consumer Amendment (Exploitation of Indigenous Culture) Bill 2017 — Mr Katter (Ind, Kennedy, Qld)

Government bills are expected to be introduced into the House this week. These bills will be listed on the House Daily Program and the text of each bill will be available on ParlInfo after they are introduced.

Details of bills to be introduced are not available prior to their introduction.

In the House during the week it is planned to resume debate on the Address in Reply to the Governor-General’s speech and on the following Government bills already introduced (note – these plans may change as the week unfolds, especially if some of the bills listed below are referred to the Federation Chamber by the House):

Monday

  • Transport Security Amendment (Serious or Organised Crime) Bill 2016
  • Transport Security Legislation Amendment Bill 2016
  • Agriculture and Water Resources Legislation Amendment Bill 2016
  • Excise Levies Legislation Amendment (Honey) Bill 2016
  • Treasury Laws Amendment (2016 Measures No. 1) Bill 2016
  • Superannuation Amendment (PSSAP Membership) Bill 2016
  • Customs and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016
  • Customs Tariff Amendment Bill 2016

Tuesday

  • Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Amendment Bill 2017
  • Parliamentary Entitlements Legislation Amendment Bill 2017
  • Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority Bill 2017
  • Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2017
  • Treasury Laws Amendment (Bourke Street Fund) Bill 2017

Wednesday

  • National Disability Insurance Scheme Savings Fund Special Account Bill 2016
  • Treasury Laws Amendment (Enterprise Tax Plan) Bill 2016

Thursday

  • Farm Household Support Amendment Bill 2017
  • Social Services Legislation Amendment (Omnibus Savings and Child Care Reform) Bill 2017
  • Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2016 Measures No. 1) Bill 2016

In the Federation Chamber it is planned to resume debate on the following Government business matters and Committee and Delegation Reports:

Monday - To be confirmed
Wednesday - To be confirmed
Thursday - To be confirmed
   

 

Committee and delegation reports and statements and private Members’ motions

On Monday at 10.50am the following private Members’ motions will be debated in the House:

  • Australia Day 2017 Honours List — Mr Leeser (Lib, Brerowra, NSW)

The following private Member’s motions will be debated in the Federation Chamber at 11am on Monday morning:

  • Government Technology Reform Agenda — Mr Wallace (Lib, Fisher, Qld)
  • Robo-debt system — Mr B Mitchell (ALP, Lyons, Tas)
  • Australia Day 2017 Honours List — Mr Leeser (Lib, Brerowra, NSW)
  • Melbourne-Wodonga rail line — Ms McGowan (Ind, Indi, Vic)

At approximately 4.45pm on Monday the following private Member’s motions will be debated in the Federation Chamber.

  • Northern Australian Beef Roads Program — Ms Landry (Nats, Capricornia, Qld)
  • National Swimming and Water Safety Framework — Mr Thistlethwaite (ALP, Kingsford Smith, NSW)
  • National Stronger Regions Fund — Mr Gee (Lib, Calare, NSW)
  • Funding for Schools — Ms Plibersek (ALP, Sydney, NSW)
  • Safe Schools Declaration — Mr Hayes (ALP, Fowler, NSW)

Auditor-General’s reports

2016-17 reports of the Auditor-General will be presented after question time on Tuesday and further reports may be presented on other days.

Matters of Public Importance

On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday after question time, in accordance with the House's standing orders, it is possible for the House to discuss a matter of public importance (MPI). If an MPI is proposed by a Member, and is in order, the subject of the MPI will be announced shortly after midday on each of these days and published on the House's website. If more than one MPI is proposed the Speaker will decide which MPI is the most urgent and important to be submitted to the House that day. There will be no MPI on Tuesday because the debate on the condolence motion will take precedence.

Grievance debate

In accordance with standing orders Grievance Debate is held on sitting Tuesdays in the Federation Chamber. At no later than 6.30pm debate is resumed on the question ‘That grievances be noted’ and debate ensues for one hour. Debate on the question is practically unlimited in scope, giving Members the opportunity, in 10 minute speeches, to raise matters in which they have a particular interest or to discuss complaints of constituents.

Petitions

This week Members' may present petitions during the time reserved for Members' Statements in the House and the Federation Chamber, during the Adjournment Debates of the House and the Federation Chamber.

For more details about petitioning the House of Representatives see the petitions webpage.

For details about House and Federation Chamber debate times see the order of business diagram.

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